INTERPOL issue fresh warrant for Maina’s arrest – Garba Shehu

Chidi Samuel || A fresh warrant of arrest has been issued by INTERPOL for the arrest of fugitive former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, according to the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

INTERPOL first issued a warrant of arrest for Maina in 2016 but the warrant disappeared from its site under mysterious circumstances, a development the international crime agency said was made possible from the Nigerian office.

The Presidential spokesman who made the disclosure in an interview with Channels Television stated that President Buhari has received all the reports concerning Maina and is going to take a decision.

Shehu said, “This issue is a big one; it is expanding. And we welcome investigation by anyone — the senate, the house of representatives.”

“In fact, the INTERPOL just put Maina on their wanted list now. A fresh warrant has been issued for his re-arrest.”

He continued, “You know there are a number of ongoing cases in the country which he was listed in and would have been part of. And now he is back home, so he is going to have his day in court and hopefully, a lot more people.

“People just sat down and were receiving cash from that man, knowing full well that it was the police pension that he was sharing. People who ought to investigate him, who ought to send him to trial, beneficiaries of that heist. In the coming days, the president will decide and all of these things will come out.”

According to Shehu, the EFCC is also finding out more concerning Maina, as the investigation into the alleged pension scam is being extended to other countries.

He said, “The matter is being investigated from all fronts.”

“The EFCC, for example, is discovering more and more properties and its officials are sealing them. They are also looking at banks and all that. In fact, this investigation will also touch some foreign countries.”